2018-2019 Merit-Based Scholarships

For incoming first-year students

All scholarships are renewable for four years if applicable requirements are met.

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Automatic Consideration:

All U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants who have been admitted to Gustavus will be automatically considered for the following renewable merit-based scholarships:

Dean's Scholarship*

Awards ranging from $17,500-$25,500 annually ($70,000-$102,000 over four years) recognize students who show significant academic achievement, service, or leadership in their high schools, churches, and communities.

President's Scholarship*

Awards of up to $28,500 annually represent the College's financial commitment to academic excellence, one of our five core values. Past recipients ranked near the top of their graduating class, enrolled in academically challenging high school courses, and typically earned a composite score of 30 or higher on the ACT or 1400 on the SAT.

*The Dean's and President's Scholarships are the only scholarships that are exclusive to each other. A student may receive either the Dean's or President's Scholarship, not both. All other scholarships (Gustavus or outside aid) may be stacked on top of a Dean's or President's Scholarship.

National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship

Winners in the National Merit Scholarship competition who designate Gustavus as their first-choice college will receive a renewable scholarship of $7,500. Additionally, finalists can receive a President's or Dean's Scholarship for a maximum potential merit-based award of $34,500 (or $138,000 over four years) and ten National Merit finalists will receive a Full Tuition Scholarship. Any other Gustavus scholarships earned will be honorary (awarded in name but not financially). Students may also receive need-based aid if eligible.

Gustavus Legacy Award

Gustavus Legacy Awards of $2,500 annually ($10,000 over four years) are given to students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates, or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.

Diversity Scholarship

Paul L. Rucker Scholarships, awarding $2,500 annually ($10,000 over four years), are granted to students who bring diversity to campus. Ethnicity is one of several factors considered but is not an exclusive condition of eligibility.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Members of Phi Theta Kappa enrolling from a community college may be considered for scholarships of $2,500 annually. A minimum of 42 quarter credits or 28 semester hours and an earned college grade point average of 3.5 are required. This award is renewable with a 3.25 Gustavus cumulative grade point average.

Application Neccessary:


November 1, 2018 for Early Action Applicatants. All supporting material must be included with submission by this deadline. Scholarship finalists will be invited to campus to audtion/interview for the scholarship on November 17, 2018.
January 4, 2019 for Rolling Admission Applicants. All supporting material must be included with submission by this deadline. Scholarship finalists will be invited to campus to audtion/interview for the scholarship on February 23, 2019.

Talent Based Scholarships (open Sept 3):

Music Scholarship

Theatre and Dance Scholarship

Art Scholarship

Additional Opportunities:

Lutheran Leadership Award

Church Matching Scholarships

Army ROTC Scholarships

International Applicants:

International applicants should refer to the International Admission page for the Count Folke Bernadotte International Student Scholarship and contact the Admission Office for more details admission@gustavus.edu.

Please note: The information in this site is for incoming (new) and prospective Gustavus students. If you are a returning student, please refer to the Financial Aid website for more information.